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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (13 May) . . Page.. 1871..


We are not trying to make it harder for clubs to operate. We are trying to support and help those who have a problem gambling issue. This is a matter that is targeted directly at reducing problem gambling and helping those in need. Removing ATMs is a simple and effective way to help reduce problem gambling and to stop so many lives from being damaged by this addiction.

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Building (Water Efficiency) Amendment Bill 2002

Debate resumed from 13 November 2002, on motion by Mrs Dunne:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Motion (by Mrs Dunne ) agreed to:

That order of the day No 8, Private Members' business, be discharged from the Notice Paper.

Live music-value to the community

MS TUCKER (8.56): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognising the:

(a) value of viable live music to youth and wider cultural development;

(b) importance of viable live music venues to that activity; and

(c) need to encourage live music and performance through appropriate licensing and environmental protection regulations;

(2) calls on the ACT Government to consult with relevant stakeholders to:

(a) develop a program to support and encourage youth music with particular focus on:

(i) the provision of resources and opportunities, such as access to public address equipment and rehearsal space; and

(ii) a review of licensing controls to provide incentives for venues to conduct "all-age gigs";

(b) develop options for encouraging live music and performance activity, including consideration of:

(i) amendments to building, planning and environmental (sound) regulations in the light of increased residential accommodation in city, group and town centres; and

(ii) existing rights protection for live music venues, identifying live music as a public benefit; and

(c) report back to the Legislative Assembly in the first sitting week of August.

This motion had its genesis in the unfortunate saga of the Gypsy Bar that ran in two venues through most of the 1990s and closed at the end of 2002. The Gypsy was a venue committed to live music and was first set up in a room downstairs in East Row. I think it was a live music venue called the Terminus before then. It is important to bear in mind that live music is not usually a great money spinner-certainly not live music that


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